330 swine flu cases across India in past week
The swine flu situation continues to be serious in the four southern states and Maharashtra, which have reported 319 of the 330 H1N1 infections in the last one week, while a boy died of the virus in New Delhi.
Swine flu has [photo gallery] claimed 17 lives across the country since July 5 and Kerala, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu continue to be the worst affected states, according to official figures. According to the health ministry, both Maharashtra and Kerala reported eight deaths each while one was reported from Andhra Pradesh. Kerala had the highest number of 178 confirmed reports of swine flu. Maharashtra follows with 91 cases while Karnataka has 19, Andhra Pradesh 18, and Tamil Nadu 13. The number of infections are, however, lower than the previous week as 370 cases were reported between June 28 and July 5.
The infection was reported from the eastern part of the country for the first time this week with seven cases in West Bengal. The national capital received a jolt with a death being reported due to swine flu. At least seven cases have been reported from New Delhi since June 10. "There have been seven cases since June 10, but all patients have picked up the infection from out of Delhi," a health official said.
One death was reported from Ram Manohar Lohia hospital Friday. "The last case was of the boy from Ghaziabad who died in a Delhi hospital but he had got the infection from out of Delhi," the official said, adding that the government was fully prepared to deal with the H1N1 virus.
Since the outbreak of swine flu in May last year, India has recorded 33,783 cases of the disease so far while a total 1,624 deaths have been reported.
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